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Goalie gets 20 percent raise to $3 million

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- The Vancouver Canucks
re-signed goaltender Dan Cloutier and center Brendan Morrison to
one-year contracts Tuesday, avoiding salary arbitration.

Both were restricted free agents. Cloutier's deal is worth $3
million, $500,000 more than he made last season. Financial terms of
Morrison's contract were not immediately released; he made $2.45 million in 2003-04.

Canucks assistant GM Steve Tambellini said a one-year contract
made sense for both sides because of the league's pending labor
dispute.

"I think the uncertainty of what the market will look like
going forward is a question for both the team and the player,"
Tambellini said.

Selected 26th overall by the New York Rangers in 1994, Cloutier had a 33-21-6 record, a 2.27 goal-against average and
.914 save percentage in 60 games last season, his third consecutive
30-win season for Vancouver.


"We are pleased to have Dan under contract for another year,"
Canucks general manager Dave Nonis said. "Dan has improved each
season and he has shown that he can play at a very high level. His strong play down the stretch was a major factor in us
clinching the Northwest Division."

Cloutier owns a record of 123-123-34 with 15 shutouts, a 2.65
GAA and .902 save percentage in 307 career games with the
Rangers, Tampa Bay and Vancouver.

Maligned for his performance in the postseason during his
career, he was 2-3 in the Western Conference quarterfinals
against Calgary before missing the final two games of the
series with a sprained right ankle.


Morrison was one of four Canucks to appear in all 82 games last season, but his offensive numbers declined to 22 goals and 38 assists. The
28-year-old, who centers Vancouver's top line, had a career-high
25 goals and 71 points in 2002-03.

"We are very excited to have Brendan under contract for next
season," Nonis said. "He has proven that
he can consistently produce at a high level."

In 471 career games with the Devils and Canucks, Morrison has 111 goals and 231 assists.

The British Columbia
native has played in 348 consecutive games, giving him the
second-longest current streak in the NHL behind Colorado
defenseman Karlis Skrastins, who has appeared in 351 straight
contests.

Information from The Associated Press and SportsTicker was used in this report.